Paternity leave is often discussed as a policy measure to encourage greater gender equality, both in the family and in the labor market. Politicians and policymakers in Northern Europe are strong believers that paternity leave strengthens women’s position in the labor market, reduces the gender wage gap, and promotes bonding between children and fathers. This is what motivated us to conduct our study.
Norway was the first country in the world to introduce a paternity quota (in 1993). Rich register data from Statistics Norway allows us to study outcomes both in the short and the long run.